During this week, we have talked a lot about dealing with certain topics in season and how to keep the improvements we rightfully earned during the off-season. The goal with all this is to be in the best possible position to play this game as long as we possibly can. We tend to try and mimic the pros in every aspect because we want to be in that position. A good question stems from this, what do the big leaguers do to train in-season? How different is it then what a high school or college player does or can do?
Although it is different for every player depending on what they need (and pros also have a full staff of people dedicated to helping them be successful), ultimately it is a more simplified approach than an amateur’s off-season training. The lifting days are not as severe but the mobility work is. The amount of swings, throws, and overall work may be less, but the intent is just as strong. The focus on precision is just as high and a lot of work goes into keeping the mind at ease during the storm that is 162 games. They are cognizant when it comes to taking care of their body and mind in every aspect for the duration of the season. In order to put your best foot forward as a young athlete, all these different buckets need to be taken into consideration for your in-season program.
With where the game is right now, youth, highschool, and college players are not prepared for the ride of the Spring season. Often, it is split up into off-season (fall), summer (showcase/travel ball heavy), and normal high school season (Spring). Most of the work being done is in the off-season, with a smaller amount of work done in the summer, and almost no work done in-season (Spring).
The issue is, you can not wait until you are a big leaguer to follow this. In order to give yourself the best chance to get there, all of this needs to start now. So here is the whole problem simplified: You worked hard all summer, fall, and winter to get to where you are – but now the real work starts in-season. Are you ready?